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Brain Damage Causes and Symptoms in Children


Brain Damage Causes and Symptoms in Children

With summer sports in full swing, children are increasing their risk of all kinds of injuries. Finding out that your child has brain damage is not an experience most parents want to have. However, it is important for parents to be cognizant of brain damage and head trauma causes and symptoms so that they can seek treatment as quickly as possible.

Causes of Brain Trauma for Children

Parents should also be aware the types of accidents children have that can cause brain trauma. The most common causes of brain trauma in children are falls. Whether they are fall out the bed, down the stairs, off their bike or while playing sports- falling can be a cause of brain trauma. Another common cause of brain trauma in older children is being hit while playing contact sports.

Symptoms of Brain Trauma for Children

Children are resilient. The only downside to that is they could very well experience a fall or hit while you are out of the room or not with them that you would not find out about. Because you can’t always be there to experience the cause of brain trauma, it is critical that you are aware of the common symptoms of brain trauma in children.

Common Physical Symptoms:

  • Dizziness or loss of balance.
  • Being dazed, confused, or disoriented.
  • Headaches.
  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Fatigue or drowsiness.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Sleeping more than usual.

Common Sensory Symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • A ringing in the ears
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Changes in the ability to smell.
  • Sensitivity to light or sound.

Common Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Memory/concentration problems.
  • Confusion.
  • Mood changes, swings, combativeness, or unusual behavior.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Fatigue or drowsiness.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Sleeping more than usual.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance.

Symptoms of Brain Trauma for Infants and Toddlers

It is sometimes more difficult to recognize a brain injury in an infants or a young child. They may not have the skills to communicate their symptoms to you. Here are some commons symptoms for infants and young children with traumatic brain injury:

  • Changes in eating or nursing habits.
  • Constant crying.
  • An increase in irritability.
  • Changes in attention span.
  • Change in sleep habits.
  • Loss of interest in usual activities.

When To See a Doctor

Do not hesitate to see a doctor if you child hits their head hard from falling or from any other accident. I also recommend seeing a doctor if you child has any of the common symptoms of brain injury. Even a mild brain injury requires attention and treatment.

We Help Victims.

As an attorney and father, it is my duty to increase awareness of the impact brain injuries can have on families.  Injuries can be extreme and life altering.

The law firm of Friend, Levinson & Turner represents clients throughout Chicagoland who have suffered severe brain injuries.  We understand that after experiencing such a trauma, your medical bills need to be paid and covered.  Plus, we pursue all legal avenues to get you and your family the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

The attorneys at Friend, Levinson & Turner Law make the legal process as stress-free as possible.  We focus on recovering compensation for you – while you concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.

If you or a loved one experiences a traumatic brain injury, please call my office at 312-346-8465 or contact us using the form below.

William J. Turner

William Turner has represented hundreds of working men and women who have been victims of the negligence of others – gaining equitable compensation for the medical expenses and pain and suffering for his clients. He concentrates his practice in the trial of complex personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents, construction mishaps, medical malpractice, dog and animal attacks, nursing home abuse, and slip-and-falls. Additionally, he offers niche counsel and advocacy for workers who are injured on a job.

William has obtained judgements from juries in approximately 150 cases and has secured fair and comprehensive settlements in even more over his career. William Turner has dedicated his professional life to fighting for the rights of those who are injured as a result of the negligent acts of others.

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